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Conservative MP for Oak Ridges—Markham (Ontario)
Won his last election, in 2011, with 51.10% of the vote.
Statements in the House
International Trade June 20th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, the extraordinary member for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale is such a hard-working member.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs is at the Pacific Alliance meetings in Mexico where he will be announcing a new $25 million Canadian trade and development facility.
This facility is to unleash the potential of the private sector in the Americas, while at the same time helping them understand better the opportunities that exist in Canada. That is good for jobs and good for economic growth here in Canada.
We know that the NDP are opposed to every single trade deal. The Liberals can never decide which ones they want to oppose; they can never close them. We will continue to open new markets for Canadian small, medium and large business producers and job creators, because it is good for the economy and it is good for Canada.
Rouge Park June 20th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, in the 1970s, the Trudeau Liberal government seized thousands of hectares of class 1 farmland from farmers in my riding. I am pleased to say that with the introduction of the Rouge national urban park plan, that wrong will be righted. In the plan, farmers who were forced onto one-year leases of their own land will be given long-term leases. They will be encouraged to use the best farming practices for long-term sustainable farming in the Rouge Park. Not only will this plan provide the highest level of environmental protection to some of Canada's finest natural wonders, it will ensure farming for a long time to come.
I am very proud of the fact that it was this government, in an election campaign and through a throne speech, that made a promise and kept that promise. I am proud of the fact that it is this government, and the hard work of this minister, that is protecting more and more hectares of Canada's natural heritage.
When it comes to protecting the environment, when it comes to protecting Canadians, and when it comes to protecting farmers in my riding, it is this government that has stood up, and we are very proud of that.
Lobbying June 19th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, as I just mentioned, it was this government that brought in the Federal Accountability Act to remove the influence of big money and big unions from the political process. As I said, we expect that all members will follow the rules when hosting fundraisers and other activities.
We know, of course, that the members for Welland, Pierrefonds—Dollard, Gatineau, Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, Hochelaga, Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, St. John's South—Mount Pearl, Chambly—Borduas, Sherbrooke, Nickel Belt, Saint-Lambert, Halifax, Abitibi—Témiscamingue, Outremont, Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Laval, Scarborough—Rouge River, Toronto—Danforth, Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine are among the NDP who owe taxpayers more than $1.17 million.
Lobbying June 19th, 2014
Again, Mr. Speaker, this is the government that brought in the Federal Accountability Act as one of our first measures, which removed the influence of big unions and corporate donations from the political process, something we are very proud of. Of course, we expect that all members of the House of Commons will host events and follow the rules.
At the same time, we know that the NDP accepted $350,000 worth of illegal campaign donations to their big union friends. It is also ironic to hear this member talk about ethics when it was he who was singled out by the boundary redistribution commission as trying to gerrymander his riding. I think he should think about that and encourage his friends to repay the—
Lobbying June 19th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, it was this government that brought in the Federal Accountability Act, which removed the influence of big unions and big corporate donations from the political process. We know, of course, that the NDP did break that when it accepted some $350,000 worth of union donations.
Of course, we expect that all members will follow the rules when it comes to fundraising events. I do note that the member for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie is probably among those 21 members of the NDP who owe a significant amount of money to the taxpayers of Canada. I hope that he and his other 20 colleagues will do the right thing and pay back the $1.17 million.
Member for Oak Ridges—Markham June 16th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, when this session started, I had the opportunity to inform the House about my two beautiful daughters, Natalie and Olivia. As yesterday was Father's Day, I thought this would be a good opportunity to give the House an update. As a proud father, I received a bracelet from my daughter Natalie yesterday. My daughter Olivia gave me a pot of grass, but I can assure the House and the Minister of Justice that it is Kentucky blue grass and it has no medicinal impact.
I would say to all of my friends, if they find themselves in Oak Ridges—Markham this summer, please drop by my daughters' lemonade stand.
I would also like to tell all of my wonderful friends in the Press Gallery who were so helpful and so reassuring to me in the fall that if they are thirsty for lemonade and they find themselves in Oak Ridges—Markham this summer, keep driving.
Ethics June 13th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, a former senior Liberal cabinet minister and member of Parliament, and mayor of London, Ontario, Joe Fontana, has been found guilty of several serious offences in relation to his time in office. Former Liberal cabinet minister Fontana has been found guilty of breach of trust by a public official, fraud under $5,000, and forging documents. All of these charges stem from a $1,700 expense he filed with a doctored wedding contract for his son's wedding while serving as a federal Liberal MP and cabinet minister. Fontana admitted at the trial that he altered a Marconi Club contract that he had helped negotiate for his son's wedding reception. He then submitted it as an expense to cover a political reception in February 2005 for the member for Wascana, who was supposed to visit London.
These types of actions by an elected official are completely disgusting and disturbing and have no place at any level of government. We hope the former Liberal cabinet minister will apologize to the taxpayers of London and those across Canada whose tax dollars he gravely misused.
Human Rights June 11th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, we are very proud of the fact that the summer season is upon us. Across Canada, people will be celebrating. It is a great time for tourists to come to Canada. I know the Pride festival in Toronto brings a lot of people to the city of Toronto.
Toronto, of course, is an incredible destination for people to come and visit. We are very proud of the city of Toronto. As somebody from just north of Toronto, I am excited to invite people to my community, to Markham, to Stouffville, and to the York region. We have a lot to offer people from across Canada and from around the world.
I hope to see the hon. member in all of the amazing tourist destinations, and not only across Toronto but across the country.
Democratic Reform June 11th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, of course nothing could be further from the truth. As members know, Elections Canada investigated the false allegations by both opposition parties that they made over the last couple of years and found of course, as we have been saying all along, that we ran a clean and ethical campaign.
The fact of the matter is that we were returned to government with a majority because we cut taxes for people, we invested in the economy, and we have had over a million net new jobs created in this country. It is because we provide a good government that Canadians rewarded us with another mandate, and that is why they will do it again after 2015.
Democratic Reform June 5th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, again, Elections Canada found no evidence of this.
The only scheme that we have before us right now is the scheme perpetrated by, I think, about 23 members of the NDP caucus to defraud Canadian taxpayers of millions of dollars in using parliamentary resources, taxpayer resources, to fund partisan political offices across this country.
It is up to the NDP, now, to apologize to Canadians, return all of these millions of dollars that it took from Canadians, and think about honesty and accountability, for once.